reminiscent of his confession,
his proud profession,
a proclamation to counter tops.
Kneeling never felt like idolization,
an estimation with hypocrisy.
I'm not denigrating my people.
Rather amputating baby pictures,
plucking off fingernails
as if I was a child.
He loves me.
He loves me not.
Speaking aloud never felt like isolation,
a cry to our imagination,
desperation for salvation.
A people needing to be told what to do.
Devin De Both is a 16-year-old poet living near Chicago, Illinois. She has always found comfort in words and began writing when she was 13. She is continuously fascinated with the influence a string of syllables can have on an individual and hopes she can be so lucky as to inspire others with her own personal syllable formations. She found her love of poetry watching spoken word performances on the internet. Growing up with 4 older brothers, family is a large part of her life and a common theme in her writing as is her curiosity regarding religion. Her most prevalent writing influences include Tyler Knott Gregson, Sarah Kay, and Sierra DeMulder. She hopes to major in English and work for a literary magazine. Besides writing, she loves reading and running. However, she is usually found eating and sleeping.